Ballast Water Management Convention

Introduction to Ballast Water Management Convention

According to IMO estimates, ships carry some 3 billion tons to 5 billion tons of ballast water globally each year. The IMO developed and adopted “The International Convention for The Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004” (Ballast Water Management Convention) with the aim of protecting the marine environment from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water carried by ships. The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.

The latest information of ratification status of the Convention can be accessed through "Recent ratifications" in IMO Homepage: IMO / English / About IMO / Conventions / Status of Conventions that allows downloading datasheet of each country.

IMO Homepage Status of Conventions

Ballast water management for ships shall be made in accordance with the following Standards under this Convention.

(1) Ballast water performance standard (Regulation D-2)
(2) Ballast water exchange standard (Regulation D-1)

Finally, ships shall conduct primary method that Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens in ballast water are treated with approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS).

International Ballast Water Management Certificate (IBWMC)

By the effective date of the convention (8 September 2017), all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above to which the BWM Convention applies (including existing ships, except floating platform, FSUs and FPSOs) are required to possess International Ballast Water Management Certificate.

The below documents are to be kept on board not only ships applied with Regulation D-2 (ballast water performance standard) but also those with only Regulation D-1 (ballast water exchange standard). Since it is expected that a lot of initial survey applications for issuance of the certificate might be rushed into submission to ClassNK before 8 September 2017, please apply well in advance for the initial survey at the earliest opportunity for the smooth issuance.

(1) International Ballast Water Management Certificate (IBWMC)
(2) Approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP)
(3) Ballast Water Record Book (BWRB)

ClassNK implement initial survey to confirm that required documents and equipment are provided onboard, and issue the certificate (IBWMC) on behalf of some flag Administration. Also, prior to the initial survey, it is necessary that the onboard documents and revised drawing be approved; please submit them to ClassNK Machinery Department beforehand. For more details about the abovementioned plans, please refer to ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1086. With regard to the survey application, please submit it to our site office in charge of the onboard survey.

TEC-1086

Due date for Implementation installing Ballast Water Management System

On the 71th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC71) which was held on July 2017, the application schedule of Regulation D-2 (ballast water performance standard) in the convention had been reframed. As the result, the amendment of Regulation B-3 was approved, taken into account of the presupposition that dockyard capacity for retrofitting the system may fall short of the peak demand. The approved amendment is expected to be adopted at MEPC 72 which will be held on April 2018. For more details about the implementation schedule, please refer to ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1116.

TEC-1116

Ballast Water Management System should be approved by Administrations in accordance with IMO Guidelines (G8/G9) to comply with the Regulation D-2 standard of the Convention. Approval (G8 and G9) list of Ballast Water Management System can be found in the following link:

List of approved Ballast Water Treatment System

For ships engaged in U.S. waters, the Installation of the Ballast Water Management System is to be approved by United States Coast Guard (USCG). The latest information of the approval of Ballast Water Management System by USCG can be found in USCG Homepage: Environmental > Ballast Water Management Program > Type Approval > Approved BWMS.

United States Coast Guard

Information of Ballast Water Management Convention

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF SHIPS’ BALLAST WATER AND SEDIMENTS, 2004

Guidelines G1-G14 of Ballast Water Management Convention

GNo. Title Download
G1 GUIDELINES FOR SEDIMENT RECEPTION FACILITIES G1
G2 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER SAMPLING G2
G3 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT EQUIVALENT COMPLIANCE G3
G4 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS G4
G5 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER RECEPTION FACILITIES G5
G6 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE G6
G7 GUIDELINES FOR RISK ASSESSMENT UNDER REGULATION A-4 OF THE BWM CONVENTION G7
G8 GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS G8
G9 PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS THAT MAKE USE OF ACTIVE SUBSTANCES G9
G10 GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL AND OVERSIGHT OF PROTOTYPE BALLAST WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMES G10
G11 GUIDELINES FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS G11
G12 2012 GUIDELINES ON DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TO FACILITATE SEDIMENT CONTROL ON SHIPS G12
G13 GUIDELINES FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES REGARDING BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT INCLUDING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS G13
G14 GUIDELINES ON DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR BALLAST WATER EXCHANGE G14

For general questions about Ballast Water Management Convention, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Mchinery Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-2023
Fax: +81-3-5226-2024
E-mail: mcd@classnk.or.jp

For any questions about Ballast Water Management System, Please contact

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Material and Equipment Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan       
Tel: +81-3-5226-2020  
Fax: +81-3-5226-2757  
E-mail: eqd@classnk.or.jp  

Circulars regarding De-harmonization/Re-harmonization of the IOPP renewal survey issued by Flag States

The ballast water management system is required to be installed associating with the IOPP renewal survey of each existing ship (see ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1116). The circulars issued by some Flag states indicating the possibility that the IOPP renewal survey may be decoupled from the Harmonized System of Survey & Certification System (HSSC) and the resuming of original IOPP certificate is posted below.

TEC-1116

Please note that “Mandatory installation of stability instrument (for oil tankers only, see ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1053)” and “Amended requirements for sludge discharging piping and bilge-water piping (see ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1080)” are applicable when the IOPP renewal survey is conducted.

TEC-1053
TEC-1080

Circulars issued by Flag States

De-harmonization of the IOPP renewal survey

Flag states Circular No. Title Download Updated date
Australia Marine Notice 8/2017
Australia’s position on de-harmonising of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate in relation to Ballast Water Management Convention compliance
Original Jun. 2017
Antigua and Barbuda Information Notice 2016-003 (rev2)
Ballast Water Management
Original Nov. 2016
Bahamas Information Bulletin No. 165 (Rev.3)
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention)
Original 5 Sep. 2017
Barbados BULLETIN No. 272
Ballast Water Management Convention
Original 10 Jul. 2017
Cayman Islands GUIDANCE NOTE 02/2017 (Rev 1.0)
Ballast Water Management Convention: Entry into Force
Original 11 Jan. 2017
Cook Islands Circular 150 / 2017
Ballast Water Management Convention Implementation
Original Mar. 2016
Cyprus Circular No. 1/2017
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (BWM Convention)
Original 17 Jan. 2017
Dominica CD-MSC 02-17 Rev01
Decoupling of the IOPP certificate in relation to the Ballast Water Management Convention Amendments
Original 1 Nov. 2016
Germany Circular 03/2016 (ISM)
International entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention
Original 22 Nov. 2016
Gibraltar Shipping Guidance Notice – 065
Ballast Water Management Convention: Implementation – De-coupling the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) from the Harmonised System of Survey & Certification System (HSSC)
Original 9 Nov. 2016
India Engineering Circular No. 02A of 2016
Addendum to Engineering Circular No. 02 of 2016 dated 6.12.2016 [F.No.ENG/MISC-29(73)09.Pt]
Original 8 Aug. 2017
Kiribati Marine Circular 35/2016
Ballast Water Management Convention
Original 10 Jan. 2017
Liberia Marine Advisory: 14/2016
Entry-into-force of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention)
Original 21 Oct. 2016
Luxembourg Circular CAM 10/2016
Entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention IOPP Certificate
Original 21 Oct. 2016
Malaysia MSN 03/2017
Enforcement of International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM2004).
Original 28 Feb. 2017
Marshall Islands Technical Circular No.25 (Rev.1)
Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention
Original 16 Aug. 2017
Norway Instruction no.: 1-2017
Instructions to Class concerning the application of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 and de-coupling of the IOPP certificate from the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)
Original 10 Jan. 2017
Palau MN No.16-031
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004
Original 19 Dec. 2016
Panama Merchant Marine Circular MMC-342
Implementation of IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (BWMC)
Original Sep. 2017
Philippines MARINE ADVISORY No. 2017-14
Compliance to The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention,2004
Original 15 Jun. 2017
Portugal Circular N.° 43 Corrigendum 1
BWM Convention - de-harmonization of the IOPP (International Oil Pollution Prevention) Certificate Renewal Survey - Position of the Portuguese Maritime Administration
Original 3 Mar. 2017
Singapore -
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Original 10 Mar. 2017
St. Kitts & Nevis Maritime Circular No. MC/72/17
Ballast Water Management Convention I.O.P.P Deharmonisation & Compliance with Requirement of D1 Standard
Original 5 Jul. 2017
St. Vincent and the Grenadines CIRCULAR N° BWM 004 – Rev. 4
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments
Original 29 Sep. 2017
Tuvalu MC-2/2017/1
Amendments to the Implementation Schedule for Regulation D-2 (Ballast Water Management Convention) Adopted at MEPC71
Original Jul. 2017
U.K. MIN 544 (M+F)
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.
Original May 2017

Re-harmonization of de-harmonized IOPP renewal survey

Flag states Circular No. Title Download Updated date
Bahamas Information Bulletin No. 165 (Rev.3)
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention)
Original 5 Sep. 2017
India Engineering Circular No. 02A of 2016
Addendum to Engineering Circular No. 02 of 2016 dated 6.12.2016 [F.No.ENG/MISC-29(73)09.Pt]
Original 8 Aug. 2017
Marshall Islands Technical Circular No.25 (Rev.1)
Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention
Original 16 Aug. 2017
Norway Instruction no.: 6-2017
Reharmonization of an IOPP-certificate decoupled from the survey schedule of the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)
Original 11 Aug. 2017
Panama Merchant Marine Circular MMC-342
Implementation of IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (BWMC)
Original Sep. 2017

For any questions about the related surveys and the handling of each ship, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Survey Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office
Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-2027
Fax: +81-3-5226-2029
E-mail: svd@classnk.or.jp

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